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Morning Meditation and Circling
8:45 – 10:00 a.m. CT
Every day of the week
Are you wanting to create and sustain a meditation practice, while receiving community support and accountability in the process? Do you want a space to refine and improve your Circling skills while bringing more meaningful connection into your life?
How it works…
We spend the first 30 minutes in silent self-guided meditation, after which time we do an Organic Circle for 30 minutes. You’re free to just come for the meditation or to stay for both. Start your day off with presence and connection!
Authentic Relating Games
1st & 3rd Thursdays 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. CT
1st and 3rd Saturdays from 3:00-4:00 CT
A.R. Games invite us to delve deeper into ourselves and our relationships with others in a joyful and loving way and form meaningful, lasting connections. They are a safe, fun, and powerful way to practice skills like empathy, compassion, and listening. Attendees have called Games “A playful way to shed light on the subtext and motivations in our interactions” and “The act of namaste”.
We’ll begin the night with a few Agreements to create as safe a container as possible for genuine Connection. Then we’ll play a few AR Games as a big group or in breakout groups, and wrap up with a short debrief.
The Art of Circling Practice Group
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CT
Wednesdays and Fridays
This event is one in a series based on the book “The Art of Circling: 37 Practices for Deepening Your Relating Skills,” by Bryan Bayer. The Art of Circling is a practical guide to having profound group conversations. We’ll read through the practices, week by week, discussing and then trying each skill out in a birthday circle experience.
If you haven’t experienced circling before, please attend at least one event on Authentic World prior to starting with this group. Drop in attendance is welcome if you’re only drawn to some of the events, or you can join us for the entire series.
2:00 – 3:15 p.m. CT
The first Monday of each month
These calls are a place to ask questions, get support, share best practices, and connect. Leaders who attend say they feel inspired and rejuvenated afterward. Anyone who is a leader or facilitator in Authentic Relating, Circling, or other relational community is welcome to join.
Are you founding a community? Part of one and wanting to support more? Just interested in this whole “getting together with other people” thing? Every month we bring in a different community leader to give background on how they’ve created their group and how you can do the same, with a Q&A to follow. Come get your Qs removed and geek out on how to make the social and emotional connections you’ve always wanted.
T Group and Organic Circling
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. CT
A T-group or training group (sometimes also referred to as sensitivity-training group, human relations training group or encounter group) is a form of group training where participants themselves (typically, between eight and 15 people) learn about themselves (and about small group processes in general) through their interaction with each other. T-group is conducive to increased self-awareness and a deepened understanding of group dynamics.
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CT
This event is a space for us to explore, discover, and experiment with Topical Circling. Each week we’ll pick a topic to Circle about together. Interested in Circling about Emotions, Societal Norms, Attraction, Food, something different? Bring your interests and will try it on together. This will be a space open to co-creation and co-exploration of this art form, and human relating in general.
This event is open to your interests and to a co-creation, so please arrive with an open and curious mind! Looking forward to Circling with you!
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. CT
During this event, we’ll be using some of the tools and philosophy of Circling to support one another in making positive tangible shifts in our lives. Any person who desires will get a chance to be Circled around an area of stuckness, or a place where they’re desiring change. We’ll also do a goal setting and accountability round, during which each person will get to have space to get more clear about any goals they may want to set in their life, and any accountability requests they would like to make.
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. CT
Every other Thursday
We do a brief check-in to start, and then chose the type of circling we want to do for this session:
– Triad circling: break into groups of three, in which each person gets a chance to be birthday Circled for 15 minutes.
– Birthday circling: the whole group circles two people for 25 min each
– Extended birthday circling: the whole group circles one person for 50 min
Circling involves practicing using our genuine curiosity to better understand and become a connoisseur of another person’s world through present moment awareness while breaking through the assumptions and projections we have about each other.
Circling + Attachment Theory
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. CT
Every other Tuesday
This series will explore the art and practice of Circling in conversation with attachment theory and related concepts drawing from somatic psychology.
Attachment theory explores how we attune to and relate to others. It can provide a powerful framework for understanding our experiences of connection, boundaries, safety/security, longing, trust, and love. Somatic psychology is a related discipline that anchors our understanding of attachment and relationship in the grounded, experiential wisdom of our bodies.
This series will involve a very light reading (5 – 10 pages or less) each week. Each meeting will introduce a somatic practice that connects us to our bodies and selves. Next, we will Circle for 45 minutes. In the remaining 30 minutes, we will explore a concept from the reading that sheds light on our experiences in the Circle.
Office Hours with Mark Boughton
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. CT
You can bring your questions, topics, or anything you’d like to play with, and it may or may not make it onto the show! In absence of other inspiration, Sara will make up some interactive adventure exploring concepts pulled from her full-time Authentic Relating career in businesses, communities, writing, and teaching.
Mark Boughton is a passionate Circler, couples coach, communication teacher and community builder. He has helped create Circling and Authentic Relating communities all over North America, and online, and is passionate about creating spaces to explore vulnerability, intimacy and connection.